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The Difference Between Water-Based And Solvent-Based Varnish

Varnish is a transparent and protective finish that is primarily used to accentuate the appearance of wood. Commonly used for wooden floorboards and wooden staircases, varnish results in a glossy appearance that makes interior spaces look more stylish. Varnish is also useful for a variety of other applications, including furniture and instruments.

Depending on your needs, there are several varnish options available to choose from, including water-based varnish and solvent-based varnish. This blog will provide more information about the differences between the two.

Water-Based Varnish

Water-based varnishes are becoming an increasingly common alternative to solvent-based varnishes. They consist of acrylic resins which have been dissolved in water, making them a safer choice. As a result of advances in technology, water-based varnishes are proving to be just as effective as solvent based varnishes. They offer a number of benefits, including excellent durability, prompt drying times, and lower odour emissions. Water-based varnishes can also be easily cleaned from brushes when dry by simply using warm, soapy water.

Solvent-Based Varnish

Solvent-based varnish contains a higher level of organic solvents than water-based varnishes, creating a strong odour that is noticeable in buildings where varnish has been freshly applied. The organic solvents assist in drying the varnish and forming a regular paint film before it eventually evaporates. Unlike water-based varnishes, solvent-based varnishes require more specialised cleaning methods as well as more time to sufficiently dry. A white spirit must be used to remove varnish from surfaces it has been applied to.

Contact Us Today

Contact the specialists at Quicksand Flooring today for more information about the difference between water-based varnishes and solvent-based varnishes. Give us a call on 0451 326 307, send an email to info@quicksandflooring.com.au, or simply fill out our online enquiry form.